Optimizing Interviews with Children and Youth with Disability

  • Gail TeachmanEmail author
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While there is a growing body of literature explicitly outlining methods for interview studies with children, few have focused on engaging children with disabilities. This chapter describes innovative techniques, strategies, and methods for engaging disabled children and youth in qualitative interviews. A child interview methodological approach is described with an emphasis on three key elements: assembling a range of customizable interview methods; partnering with parents; and consideration of the power differential inherent in child–researcher interactions. Drawn from the author’s research, examples are used to illustrate the methods and discuss how they were adjusted as the research unfolded. The methods and strategies discussed in the chapter might equally inform interview research with participants of all ages and abilities.


Child Disability Interviews Qualitative research Youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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